Design for magazines and books with Adobe InDesign: stage 1

Course Dates: 10/02/22 - 17/03/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
An introduction to the principles of designing, laying out and planning books and magazines using InDesign. This intermediate course is suitable for those with some InDesign experience.
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Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £152.00

Course Code: VK426

Thu, eve, 10 Feb - 17 Mar '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Develop your InDesign skills to an intermediate level while you learn about designing and planning publications for target audiences and gain insights into book and magazine design and production.

What will we cover?

- Examining the anatomy of books and magazines and their similarities and differences
- Designing with text, images and colour.
- Exploring InDesign’s typographic features
- Looking at readability and legibility
- Flowing in text, and saving styles
- Laying out spreads and setting up grids and guides
- Creating and applying Master pages
- Maintaining identity and consistency across a publication/s
- Planning style guides
- Saving, filing and preparing work for press
- Saving and filing work for future development.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Set up a basic multi-page, multi-column document
- Lay out a double page spread with images and text
- Flow in and determine import options for text
- Create, save and apply different types of styles
- Save and file work for future development
- Identify how to run basic pre-flight checks.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Dealing with books and magazines this course requires a good grasp of written language.Students should be able to follow complex written instructions and have had some previous experience of using InDesign (having completed either InDesign stage 1 or Design with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) on either Apple Mac or PC.

You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, and by completing practical exercises on Computer. Computers are provided for each student with all the necessary software installed. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. Notes will be provided.
Should you wish to practice homework you will need to have access to your own Adobe® Creative Cloud licence for InDesign, which is what will be used to teach this course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A pen and paper to take notes. Step-by-step instruction, with demonstrations where appropriate, will help you grasp the concepts. You may also find that having a couple of sheets of A4 paper and a ruler to hand would also be useful. Handouts for this course will be provided electronically in Google Classroom and are best viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader (or, if you have full Creative Cloud, Acrobat DC) so may want to have Acrobat on your personal home computer. You might want to bring a USB so save your own work.

Unfortunately, due to the range of hardware and software used by students at home, the College is unable to provide advice on installation issues.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your skills further in InDesign: stage 2, Design for magazines and books with Adobe InDesign: stage 2 or City Lit Pro: a masterclass in Adobe InDesign for publishing. City Lit offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to enhance your Design practice.

Gita Hahn

Gita’s practice as a graphic designer and illustrator spans many years and disciplines within the field. She has worked in print and screen-based media across major broadcast, corporate, NGO, publishing and state sectors. Gita went digital in 1991. She brings her experience and knowledge to teaching Adobe Creative Cloud apps for design and Illustration in different departments within Visual Arts at City Lit. She started teaching evening and weekend courses at City Lit in 2006, having previously provided bespoke workplace-training for companies and organisations. Her classes are regarded as fun, friendly and challenging, with extensive resources for both in-and-after course study.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.